NEW DELHI: India administered nearly 17 lakh Covid vaccine doses till 9pm on Monday. This is the highest doses given in a single day so far. Of this over 71% doses were given to those above 60 years age and those between 45 and 60 years with specific comorbidities.
The rapid increase in vaccination against Covid-19 assumes significance particularly in the wake of surge in infection in many states like Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
A total of 2.26 crore vaccine doses have been given so far since the initial launch of the nationwide vaccination drive on January 16. While the first phase of the drive included health and frontline workers, the second phase was for inoculating age-based priority groups.
As many as 37.12 lakh health and 3.13 lakh frontline workers have been fully vaccinated with two doses of the vaccines so far.
India started inoculating age-based priority groups from March 1 and 41.85 lakh people above 60 years age and over 6.58 lakh between 45 and 60 years with specific diseases that can increase the risk of mortality from infection have been covered so far.
On Monday, total 16.96 lakh vaccine doses were given till 9pm. Out of which 14.30 lakh beneficiaries were vaccinated with the first dose, whereas 2.65 lakh health and frontline workers received second dose of vaccine.